Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie joins the Indiana Capital Chronicle after covering city government and urban affairs for the Indianapolis Business Journal for more than a year. She graduated from Northwestern University in March 2021, and has reported for the Chicago Tribune, Voice of America and student publications in Evanston, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Doha, Qatar.


Nine young Hoosiers win “I voted” sticker contest

By: - October 31, 2022

Coming to an “I voted” sticker at an Election Day voting location near you: designs by nine young Hoosiers, Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan’s office announced Monday. Nearly 1,000 kindergarten through 12th graders participated. “Introducing young Hoosiers to voting is crucial to the success of our state,” Sullivan said in a news release. “I […]

Task force recommends state cash, bad landlord crackdown, to ease housing crisis

By: - October 28, 2022

An interim study committee examining solutions to Indiana’s housing crisis on Thursday approved a lengthy list of recommendations for future legislation — including state funding for housing-related infrastructure and a vague pledge to hold accountable negligent landlords peddling “substandard” housing. There are 16 early-stage ideas on the draft list. But despite their broad strokes and […]

U.S. Sen. Todd Young mocked on social media for gas price messaging mishap

By: and - October 27, 2022

U.S. Sen. Todd Young faced a social media pile-on this week after a post bashing gas prices. But behind the mocking, millions of Hoosiers are still struggling to stretch their dollars amid inflation. The Indiana Republican is up against Democrat Thomas McDermott, the mayor of Hammond, and Libertarian James Sceniak on Election Day, Nov. 8. […]

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Morales and Wells go head-to-head in sprint for Secretary of State seat

By: - October 25, 2022

The race for Indiana Secretary of State has taken on new importance this year — the first chance Hoosiers will have to select a new chief elections officer since former President Donald Trump undertook a well-documented effort to overturn the result of the 2020 elections. Republicans usually cruise to an easy victory in the race […]

Indiana communities wait uneasily as lawmakers eye food and drink tax change

By: - October 24, 2022

Language reshaping how Indiana communities participate in a food and drink tax worth roughly $90 million a year was a step away from becoming law last March, before state legislators excised it last-minute. But one of its most dedicated proponents says he’ll try again this year, prompting resistance — even resentment and defiance — from […]

Housing task force eyes state help for infrastructure costs

By: - October 21, 2022

A study committee trying to find solutions to Indiana’s housing affordability problems on Thursday examined whether state government could front infrastructure costs for new housing — instead of builders, buyers and municipal governments. “[We should] take a look at infrastructure and how the state can help local communities and developers at all levels achieve infrastructure […]


State energy group takes cautious approach in industry transition to renewables

By: - October 20, 2022

A state panel tasked with charting Indiana’s energy future on Wednesday approved recommendations that at times pit budget-friendliness and reliability against a shift toward alternative fuel sources that is already in progress. “Over the last two years, we’ve worked on a bipartisan basis to hear from experts and stakeholders to craft recommendations for a comprehensive […]

Indiana has nine congressional races in Indiana: what you need to know

By: and - October 19, 2022

Indiana sends nine representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. – and all are up for election on November 8, along with the rest of the 435-member chamber. Just one race is expected to be competitive: Indiana’s First Congressional District, which a Republican could represent for the first time in 94 years. […]

Democrats sign “contract with women” in abortion emphasis gamble

By: - October 17, 2022

Nearly two dozen Indiana Democrats on Monday committed to restoring abortion access and helping women in other ways as they signed a “contract with women” — in an election-year bet on Hoosier women. Republicans are leading their messaging with inflation, and argue a focus on abortion won’t work on Election Day. “With this contract, we […]

Marijuana pardons not coming to Indiana, Holcomb says

By: - October 17, 2022

U.S. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, granted full and unconditional pardons to all Americans with federal convictions of simple marijuana possession in an executive action this month, but don’t expect Indiana to follow suit. “The President should work with Congress, not around [it], to discuss changes to the law federally, especially if he is requesting […]

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Senate debate: Young hammers on inflation as McDermott bets on abortion turnout

By: - October 17, 2022

U.S. Sen. Todd Young, a Republican, centered his reelection bid on fighting inflation and spending in a debate Sunday night while his primary challenger, Democrat Tom McDermott, focused his message on abortion rights and attacked Young’s votes for spending bills. The nonpartisan, nonprofit Indiana Debate Commission hosted Sunday’s event, which also featured Libertarian challenger James […]

Former contractor paid just $3k in lobby registry fines; OAG paid $1.5k

By: - October 12, 2022

A conservative policy activist and consultant previously contracting for the Indiana Office of the Attorney General paid just $3,000 of a maximum $45,000 in lobby registry fines. In August, Erin Tuttle was nearly a year into a two-year, $200,000-maximum contract, when the Capital Chronicle asked the OAG why she was not listed in Indiana Lobby […]